Volleyball semistate: Marquette loses to Cowan
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent October 27, 2012 8:26PM
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:58AM
FULTON — Marquette’s appearance at the Class 1A Caston Semistate against fifth-ranked Cowan may have been short-lived Saturday morning, but the impact on the team could be big next season.
Blazers coach Jan Fitzpatrick fully believes her young team will be back in the semistate again next season, and their play should certainly make them a contender.
Marquette went three-and-out against the Blackhawks (25-18, 25-9, 25-15) and were really only competitive in the first game.
“We came out flat and were as aggressive as the match went on,” said Fitzpatrick, who loses only senior Grace Connelly off a 17-20 team. “As the match went on, we didn’t get enough of a rhythm going. We got rattled, we couldn’t seem to get going.”
One of the big problems was sophomore Zoya Ganz wasn’t able to dominate on the net like she usually does.
“She is the big gun on this team,” Fitzpatrick said. “When they came put and blocked her, we we’re able to get momentum. She didn’t get enough touches, and we couldn’t get consistency out of our middle hitters.”
Cowan (25-10) is an experienced team that depends on a senior dominated frontline.
“They ran quick attack in the middle and we didn’t survive it,” Fitzpatrick said.
Blackhawks coach Pancho Alvarez said he was surprised that Marquette didn’t try to move Ganz away from his blockers, but with the Blazers inexperience it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Fitzpatrick couldn’t be happier with her kids despite the loss.
“This was a 17-19 unknown team,” she said. “This is like ‘Hoosiers.’ I’ll take this anytime; it was one heck of a ride, I’m thrilled with our kids.”